BTEC Level 3 Games Design

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The BTEC Level 3 Games Design is an exciting and challenging course giving you the opportunity to acquire skills and understanding of games design and construction and to critically engage with a rapidly changing and vibrant industry.

To get a flavour of this course, why not take a look at the course blog. Additionally please see the course interactive iBook, which can be viewed with Mac OS 10.9 Maverick and any Apple iPad or an iPad mini using the free iBook reader app.

The BTEC Level 3 Games Design is built on core traditional art and design skills such as pre-production, idea creation through drawing development and research, which then directly informs the 2D/3D digital content creation of the computer gaming assets and environment.

Successful completion of the Level 3 Games Design can lead to a variety of successful degree pathway options such as games design, computer animation SFX, architectural/product pre-visualisation and is designed to provide an educational foundation for a range of careers in the games, multimedia, media or creative arts industries. 

All students work on Apple Mac computers and a range of industry-standard design software packages. Using these tools, the learner will develop skills in the visual language of computer games and interactivity as well as attain an all round knowledge of producing computer games from narrative creation, concept art, sound and video, 3D modelling and animation.

 The 90 Credit qualification is a one year full-time course and is equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels. The natural progression on successful completion is into a second year for completion of a full Extended Diploma; the Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A-Levels. Some mature students however may choose to progress from the 90 Credit one year course directly into employment or alternative training.

Course Content

The course will give you skills, understanding and knowledge of games design. You will critically engage with a rapidly changing and vibrant industry utilising traditional Art & Design skills, pre-production, concept design and research to directly inform the 2D/3D digital content creation. Video, digital animation and sound for computer games will also be studied.


Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4, including English or Mathematics or equivalent Level 2 qualification. Portfolio of work. Successful interview and satisfactory reference. 


For second year entry (Extended Diploma) onto the Games Design pathway, successful completion of a BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Games Design and satisfactory reference.

International Entry Requirements

High School Leaving Certificate Grade C or above or other related comparable qualifications. Satisfactory reference and portfolio of work are required. IELTS 5.0 or an equivalent English Language Certificate. Good drawing skills are a requirement of this course.

Duration and Delivery

Two years, full time.


The Extended Diploma in Games Design and Development is an ideal route for students looking to progress to universities or on to our own very successful BA (Hons) Digital Arts. Students can use the qualification as a direct step into a career in the games, creative arts or media industries.

Additional Information

While some materials and equipment are provided, you will be expected to provide your own drawing equipment i.e. sketchbooks, pencils and some colour printing materials throughout the course.

There will also be a number of trips and visits throughout the course, which will incur some costs.

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